Fade In

Hullo there!

I’m Dan, and some of you might know me from my previous blog, teatunes, where I was also Dan. Some more of you might know me from elsewhere either online or in the terrifyingly real world. The rest of you won’t know me, in which case: Hello. I’m Dan. Pleased to meet you.

This is going to be mostly a music blog, or at least that’s the intention. I might post about something entirely irrelevant at some point, but it’ll be a rarity and I won’t mind if you don’t read it. Unlike teatunes I shall not be telling you about every album that passes my way, but I will write up posts on anything that you can’t afford to miss. That may come in the form of a brand new album, an old gem I’ve only just discovered or an album I’ve revisited and decided it needs shouting about. We’ll see how it goes, but this does mean that there could be anything up to month-long gaps between posts. If that happens, I’m sorry.

Anyway enough of me blithering on about starting a music blog – you’re going to want to know why the hell you should care. I can’t tell you if you’re going to like my writing or insights, and you’ll undoubtedly make your decision on that over the next couple of posts if you haven’t already. What I can tell you is the sort of music I like so you’ll know whether or not you should pay any attention to me. As such, I shall end this short introduction with a list of my Top 10 albums of 2009 and the Top 10 albums that I bought in 2009 that weren’t released in 2009. There’s got to be a better way of saying that. As order is becoming increasingly pointless, I present them just as my favourite 10 and not countdowns.

Top 10 albums of 2009

Merriweather Post Pavilion – Animal Collective
Nothing Gold Can Stay – The Duke And The King
The Sleeper – The Leisure Society
Oh My God, Charlie Darwin – The Low Anthem
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Phoenix
Junior – Royksopp
Dark Days/Light Years – Super Furry Animals
The Cage Was Unlocked All Along – Zoey Van Goey
XX – The XX
Replace Why With Funny – Dear Reader

Top 10 purchased non-2009 albums

The Beatles Stereo Boxset (kind of cheating here, but I don’t care)
For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver
Low – David Bowie
Souljacker – The Eels
Armed Forces – Elvis Costello
Night Falls Over Kortedala – Jens Lekman
Holiday – The Magnetic Fields
The Stage Names – Okkervil River
The Hungry Saw – Tindersticks
Dear Science – TV On The Radio

And to help you out with any you’re unfamiliar with, here’s a Spotify playlist with as many of the above albums as are available. I highly recommend seeking the others out, at least to try. Oh, and if you’re interested, I have previously reviewed the following albums on teatunes: The Cage Was Unlocked All Along – Zoey Van Goey, Dear Science – TV On The Radio, The Beatles stereo boxset. If you’re damnably crazy and wish to hear more from me more often, I am all over the Twitter as @TheRangeLoner. Otherwise, I hope to see you soon!